Archives for March, 2010

When I was in school I read a great story about a man who took opium, felt that he had a great philosophical insight, wrote it down, and then found, after sobering up, that what he had written was “I perceive a distinct smell of kerosene”, Jag känner en distinkt doft av fotogen. Mucking around…

The Art of Deflowering a Book

Here’s a paraphrase from memory of an instruction sheet that came with the main Swedish encyclopaedia back in the 90s. I treat all new books this way to keep their spines from cracking. And they just can’t have enough of me. 1. Put book on table, spine down. Fold down left cover, smoothen inner edge,…

Via David Nessle.

Weekend Fun

Joined Jrette on her first bike ride for the season. Had to raise the saddle 5 cm. Emceed at the Swedish Skeptics’ first full-day conference. We felt that it was time to have a bigger event to make it worthwhile for members to travel to Stockholm for it. Four talks, a mentalist, the annual business…

Asked Felicia: “… those Viking saga kings, Ragnar Lodbrok and Björn Järnsida. I’d like to know if there exists any evidence at all that these persons ever existed?” In the present, the categories “real person” and “fictional character” are pretty distinct. But when we look retrospectively at the first historically documented centuries in any given…

Blackbird Evensong

On Friday the blackbirds opened their concert season. Here’s what I wrote about them four years ago. Oh, still my heart — I just heard the year’s first blackbird serenade! I opened the kitchen window a crack and listened to it while having my evening sandwich and cup of rooibos. I love the blackbird. It…

The 89th Four Stone Hearth blog carnival will run at Greg Laden’s blog on Wednesday. Submit great recent stuff to Greg, your own or somebody else’s. Anything anthro or archaeo goes! The next open hosting slot is on 9 June. If you’re a blogger with an interest in the anthro/archaeo field, drop me a line!…

Scilla siberica

Spring is coming slowly, but it’s finally coming. These squills have been awakened by heat radiating from our house, but still they reach for the sun. In other news, Discover Magazine continues to buy over top Sb bloggers, and I have finally learned the story behind the state of Oklahoma’s weird panhandled outline. Briefly put,…

Recent Archaeomags

Skalk‘s February issue was not up to the Danish pop-arch journal’s usual excellent standard. I am always keen to read interesting news from Jelling and Lejre, the country’s proto-historic centres. But in this case the editors have devoted 17 of the issue’s 30 pages to articles about Harold Bluetooth’s Jelling despite the fact that nothing…